Childhood as a social construction


A social construction means that a social phenomena is not naturally occurring but instead is created by society and varies from culture to culture 

Is childhood a social construction?


Seperateness: Pilcher 

Childhood is a clear and distinct life stage, reflected in laws, dress, activities

Children have not yet reached physical maturity. They have not yet reached puberty or sexual maturity, however full development doesn't end till mid 20s

Psychological development continues into mid 20s

Dominate Framework: James and Prout

Children - simple and amoral - see the world in black and white, only really concerned with themselvesand don't look at the impact on others

Adults - complex and moral - adults are able to see the world in shades of grey looking at multiple view points and have developed a moral compass…


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